The Seminoles defense scored a big one, landing one of the country's top linebacker prospects in four-star recruit Sh'mar Kilby-Lane (Hallandale, Fla.).
It's pretty much been a huge recruiting battle between FSU and Ohio State for this 6-foot-2, 220-pound outside linebacker. In fact, many thought Kilby-Lane would leave the Sunshine State for Columbus. But this Hallandale standout took a visit to Tallahassee this past weekend and decided to go public with this decision.
Kilby-Lane did visit Ohio State for their spring game. So he had seen both schools before he made his Saturday decision. Still, it's June and I would guess this one is far from over for the nation's No. 14 ranked outside linebacker prospect.
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins said that "getting away from home and playing in the SEC was a huge deal for Jones." Biggins also loves the upside of this signal caller.
"Jones is a talented dual threat quarterback who can beat you with his arm or his legs. He has solid arm strength, shows nice touch on the deep ball and plus accuracy on all three levels. His mobility in the pocket allows him to extend plays and he doesn't always look to just take off and run at the first sign of pressure, he's able to buy time, keep his eyes downfield and doesn't panic. He's a strong leader, well liked by his teammates and shows a great work ethic off the field as well."
"I wouldn't think that college football would be so easy, but coach [Kurt] Roper's offense is just great," Jones told FightingGators.com. "It fits everything I do. They have cut-ups of everything of what they do and what I do and it's the same exact thing."
Jones was in Gainesville this past weekend and camped with Muschamp, Roper and the Gators.
"All of the teams I was offered by I was considering," Jones said. "They were all number one to me. But, going in I knew how coach [Brian] White was and how coach Roper was and all those coaches. I knew they were genuine and were going to be honest with you. They weren't going to beat around the bush like a lot of these college recruiters are doing. They were straight forward with me and let me know what the situation was and let me know how things would turn out from two different perspectives. I felt like once I got on campus and they were genuine and honest… as soon as I felt that, I knew that was the place for me."
Rancho Verde high school has been a pit stop of Florida's prior to the pickup of Jones. Former Gator Ronald Powell is also from Rancho Verde.
Galitz is one of the nation's top kickers. He tweeted out the news on Sunday –
"Just committed to THE University of Miami! #TheU".
"I think it's a perfect combination of football and academics," Gordinier told Brian Dohn of Scout.com. "When I went down there, I felt comfortable around the coaches and the players, and the campus is great. I felt like it was perfect fit, and I wanted to go to school in the south."
Look for the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder to line up at defensive end and strong side linebacker. Gordinier is a three-star prospect and the No. 62 ranked defensive end in the nation.
Yellow Jackets strike again
They are not known as a team that plays a lot of pitch and catch but Georgia Tech certainly does a great job of evaluating talent at the wide receiver position. The game's best wide receiver, Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) started a nice run for the Yellow Jackets. He was a much coveted recruits from Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek that picked Tech over Georgia.
Not bad for a team that specializes in the triple option under head coach Paul Johnson.
Could Christian Philpott be that next guy for the Yellow Jackets? This Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian star committed to Georgia Tech over the weekend.
Philpott, 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, is another big and gifted wide receiver target for this offense. He has great size and is a terrific vertical threat. Philpott is a three-star recruit and the No. 60 ranked wide receiver.
Cavs land OL
Virginia landed their first commitment from the Sunshine State with the addition of Grant Polk (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte). He's a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle prospect from southwest Florida.
"We talked about (the possibility of going to UVa) when I first got the offer, it is a big offer. It has great academics and good football" Polk told HooNation.com. "Then when you come here the school is full of tradition and just meeting and talking to the coaches was great."
Polk committed to UVA over teams like FIU, FAU, Indiana, USF, Mississippi State and others.
FAU gets another
There are plenty of BCS teams that would probably never admit it but I bet they would love to trade recruiting classes with FAU right now.
And the Owls struck again on Saturday, adding a linebacker from the Tampa Bay area in Jaye Miner (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch). Miner, 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, says he's proud of his decision to attend FAU and believes he will be a part of some special.
"This 2015 recruiting class we are calling it the FAU Fab '15," Miner said. "It's exciting to be a part of the first class and turning things around here. This is a first year staff and look at what they are already doing. I am pretty sure that we will be good for a long time."
Miner joins an already impressive first class for new head coach Charlie Partridge. Some of their commitments include running back Jordan Scarlett (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) and quarterback Daniel Parr (Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer) Daniel Parr.